Information about the 11+ (updated May 2016)

Wirral has a range of selective and non-selective Secondary schools.  The selected schools administer entrance examinations.  Four of the grammar schools use Wirral's co-ordinated entrance examination (11+) as their admissions examination.  The examinations are developed with Durham University and CEM assessment.  The exam is designed to reflect children's school based learning and be tutor resistant.  They do include elements of non verbal reasoning, verbal reasoning, mathematics and comprehension.  These were introduced for September 2016.  Prior to that Wirral used GL Verbal Reasoning.

Those schools are:

Calday Grammar School for Boys

West Kirby Grammar School for Girls

Wirral Grammar School for Boys

Wirral Grammar School for Girls

The timetable for parents considering applying for their children to undertake the grammar school entrance examination is:


31st MAY  Deadline for 11+ assessment requests

SEPTEMBER   On-line application system goes live

  Preference forms and booklets available

12th SEPTEMBER  Upton Hall test

19th SEPTEMBER  11+ assessments

23 SEPTEMBER  St Anselms test

OCTOBER  Independent Assessment Board

21 OCTOBER  Results to parents by this date

31 OCTOBER  Deadline for preference forms



The 11+ assessment request forms are made available each year from the beginning of May for children in Year 5 who will be applying for secondary school places.  The form will be available from the Wirral Council's admissions portal from May onwards.  Assessment request forms are for parents who want their child to take the 11+ assessment in September. Forms need to be returned to Wirral Local Authority by 31st May.

There are other selective schools in Wirral that administer their own admission examinations and processes.  They are:

Upton Hall Grammar School for girls

St Anselm's Grammar School for boys

Birkenhead High School Academy for girls

for 2014 examination dates for these schools are:

Upton Hall 12th September 2016

St Anselms 23rd September 2016

Birkenhead High School Academy is usually in November.

We support children and families with the admission process for grammar schools.  We do this through:

  • Parents information meeting in MAy.
  • Providing children with free Year 5 booster sessions in the Summer Term of Year 5.
  • Being a test centre for the 11+ practice and actual examinations.

The attached power point provides some more information and guidance for families.

We have also attached:

  • An example paper from another borough. Remember that the format will change very year.
  • Letter from CEM regarding tests.
  • Wirral Council's Familiarisation booklet (we will work through this at school).